About Us

Blackwater Honey was co-founded in 2020. Our name and inspiration comes from the river Blackwater in County Cork. We are a family run, mainly hobbyist, bee farming business consisting of two brothers. Our honey is 100% natural and made by native Irish honey bees. We have several apiaries throughout Ireland whereby each one produces its own distinctive taste, colour and honey flavour.

OUR AIM

Our aim is to produce artisan honey products; high quality mated Queens  along with supplying strong & healthy nucleus colony packages from native Irish honey bee stocks whereby we continue to breed bees with an increased prevalence for Varroa tolerance in order to reduce the dependency on chemical treatments.

Blackwater Honey are members of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Association (FIBKA), the Irish Beekeeping Association (CLG) along with being a firm supporter & member of the Native Irish Honey Bee Society (NIHBS), whose aim is also to promote the native Irish honey bee, Apis Mellifera Mellifera (AMM).

BIODIVERSITY & SUSTAINABILITY

We are supporters of biodiversity and to improving pollinator habitats. We continue to support and endorse the All Ireland Pollination Plan whereby we give away free wildflower seeds with all of our honey jar gift packages and nucleus colonies. We utilise 100 % recyclable and sustainable packaging in all of the products and we try not to use any single use plastics.

AWARENESS AND EDUCATION

We have a strong online social media presence whereby we give helpful tips and advise on all things beekeeping.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and please feel free to look around at the other pages for more information.

If you have any questions just drop us an email.

Andrew

Andrew learned the art of beekeeping from his uncles, both of whom were beekeepers. As he grew older, Andrew started to become more self aware of the great risks being posed to our planet due to global warming and from the lack of biodiversity.

In 2017, Andrew decided it was time to take up beekeeping full-time in order to encourage others to look after their local environment. Not long after he got into full-time beekeeping, he was quickly joined by one of his younger brothers, John, who now makes up the other half of Blackwater Honey. Andrew maintains all of the social media and marketing, web orders, maintains the hives in Dublin and manages the Queen rearing program.

John

A full-time dairy farmer, John is a natural handyman and can turn his hands to almost anything. When not farming or looking after his family, you can find him checking on his colonies of bees. He enjoys motorcycling and he likes nothing further than to relax with his kids or to spend some time relaxing whilst salmon fishing on the banks of the river Blackwater which flows alongside the farm.

John looks after all of the hives located in Cork and has the added responsibility for maintainence of all of the hive components due to his handyman skills.

Andrew

Andrew learned the art of beekeeping from his uncles, both of whom were beekeepers. As he grew older, Andrew started to become more self aware of the great risks being posed to our planet due to global warming and from the lack of biodiversity.

In 2017, Andrew decided it was time to take up beekeeping full-time in order to encourage others to look after their local environment. Not long after he got into full-time beekeeping, he was quickly joined by one of his younger brothers, John, who now makes up the other half of Blackwater Honey. Andrew maintains the hives in Dublin and manages the Queen Breeding Program.

John

A full-time dairy farmer, John is a natural handyman and can turn his hands to almost anything. When not farming or looking after his family, you can find him checking on his colonies of bees. He enjoys motorcycling and he likes nothing further than to relax with his kids or to spend some time relaxing whilst salmon fishing on the banks of the river Blackwater which flows alongside the farm.

John looks after all of the hives located in Cork and has the added responsibility for maintainence of all of the hive components due to his handyman skills.